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Is a USB Flash Drive More Reliable Than a Hard Drive?

Many computer users transfer files between PCs with USB flash drives. If you regularly use flash media, you might wonder whether NAND flash technology has a higher or lower rate of failure than a traditional desktop or laptop hard disk drive. The answer depends on a few key factors. For example, the technology used by your flash drive's manufacturer directly reflects its expected lifespan.

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How RAID Hardware Damage Can Cause Database Corruption and File Damage

One of the most common data loss scenarios on large RAID systems is database corruption. Corrupt databases are either completely unreadable or practically unusable, and businesses often face serious downtime and heavy losses when corruption occurs. Although many factors can cause database corruption on modern systems, hardware damage is a common and potentially serious contributor.

7 Stages of Grief for Hard Drive Failure

7 Stages of Grief for Hard Drive Failure

ard drives are not equipment—they are pieces of our lives. There are those who see their hard drives as more than storage units, but as homes for all their photos, personal documents, writing, and games. Other than being extremely frustrating, hard drive failure is a huge loss. It may take time for you to come to terms with your lost data. Your recovery process may go something like this

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Why RAID 10 and 50 Do Not Provide Perfect Protection from Data Loss

Choosing a RAID level can be difficult, particularly for systems with high fault tolerance needs. Many businesses choose nested RAID levels in order to prevent potential data loss and downtime, but while many nested RAID options can improve system reliability, no RAID option provides perfect protection against data loss.

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4 Commonly Overlooked Signs of Data Loss

While the best way to avoid data loss is to back up data regularly, computer users should also know the basic signs of data loss. By turning off a hard drive or other device as early as possible, you can greatly increase your chances of a successful data recovery while limiting your case's turnaround time. Unfortunately, many of the signs of data loss are extremely subtle, and computer users often ignore potentially serious symptoms.

Data Encryption

Best Ways to Encrypt Data

The best way to encrypt most data is to not encrypt it; meaning, of course, not all data need be encrypted—or should it? Some individuals and companies feel they need to encrypt everything. Sometimes this is warranted; sometimes it’s just overkill. However, it is still a very subjective question. What some would consider paranoia may often be inadequate protection against corporate thieves and hackers.

With so many different brands and models, which drives offer the best speed, reliability and price?

Top 5 External Hard Drives of 2012

Paranoia is often what drives us to buy an external hard drive. We need to “back up” our photos and other information in case our computers die. But sometimes we have to buy another hard drive to back up the first hard drive. In our haste, we had bought the wrong brand. e have reached the end of another year. It is time to compile the best external hard drive brands of the year.

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